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Kingsley Umeh: 12 Small Business Ideas for University Students in Nigeria



Are you a student? Do you want to make some extra money while in school? The fact that you are a student doesn’t stop you from starting any profitable and lucrative small business for yourself while in campus.

If you are interested in generating another income source for yourself as a University student then you are making a healthy decision. I’d love to state some reasons why you should invest in any small business in school, you will be less dependent on your parents. Having an extra source of income will help solve your financial needs, such as paying off your projects/handouts,feeding and the rest of them.

Here are the list of 12 small lucrative business to venture into today:

Blogging is one of the fastest growing online business in the world. Anyone can become a blogger; it doesn’t require any certificate, but you must have a good writing skills to survive as a blogger.

Hair Dressing
Are you a hair stylist? Then this a venture you can give a second thought.
Everyone loves to look good and appealing. Women, in particular, spend a lot of money to ensure they look good and attractive to men… and also make their fellow ladies jealous. You need a good business plan before starting this type of business.

Tutoring services
Are you intelligent and brilliant enough? Do you have the what it takes to teach the less-learned student in your campus? Then never let this opportunity pass you by. Observe those students in your department who find it difficult to comprehend a particular subject. Are they are willing and eager to learn more? You can get in touch with them by telling them you want to offer a tutorial services after school hours. In return, they pay you – depending on the bargain.

Car Washing
Please don’t laugh. This type of business might look kind of funny, but it’s worth it. They are lots of rich and exotic kids out there in your campus who are car owners, but they have little to no time to maintain the car – in terms of cleaning. Get in touch with them to let them and let them know the kind of service you have to offer in order to get paid.

Web Designing
The world is going digital. The need of having an online presence is very crucial. So they are many business organisations out there looking for Web designers to help them get a beautiful website and take their business online. You can also offer your services online on If you are an expert in web designing then don’t let your skills be a waste, invest in it and watch as the money flow provided you follow the right channel.

Writing is a skill. Some acquire the skills while some is natural. If you are a skilful writer, there are some blogs in Nigeria that pays writers to contribute – like (You will make N1000 by submitting any incident happening in your area) also pay bloggers, but I don’t know their bid. You will get to know if you join the bloggers network. too pays any blogger that is willingly to work with them.

Perfume Sales
Everyone loves to smell good. You can decide to source for suppliers and sell it at higher price. Remember your main aim is to make profit. Tell your roommates, course mates and friends to patronise your products.

Jewellery Making/Sales
Jewellery sales is one of the booming and profitable business in the fashion industry. Starting this type of business requires you to conduct thorough research and get enough resources; but on the hand if you are good at making nice and lovely jewelries, then it will be much easier for you to commence.

Sell your artworks
Are you a good artist? Do you love making lovely and nice artworks? Then this your chance to create an income channel for yourself in arts and crafts industry. Students in your campus, with an interest in good and fancy stuff should be your main target. You can also sell it to hotels, but you need to conduct a feasibility research before selling to hotels.

Retailing of mobile phones
This another profitable tech business you can venture into as a student. You don’t need to have any skill to start selling mobile phones. All that is required is to be flexible with phone models and the prices. That’s why I love this business. This is not stressful, but profitable.

You need to source for suppliers that can get you different brands. At least you will be selling just one brand you need to have some substitute.Get a show glass and a good location,a busy and attractive site in your campus will be much more preferable.

Motivational Speaking
Can you speak and be audible enough? Are you capable of addressing a large number of audience? Some motivational speakers are well paid – depending on the type of service rendered. If the word alone from your mouth can touch lives, then this business is for you. Be updated on new events and things going on around you.

Are you pretty good at handling cameras? Do you know how to take a good and clear shot? Then this another lucrative business to start today. No matter how hard the economy is, people will still plan for one event or the other.
One thing about this business is, being informed and current about events and occasions going in or outside your campus.

If there are other business ideas you have in mind as a student that’s not listed here, then go for it. I can’t speak the mind all of you, but before starting any business you must do a thorough research – to know the type of business you are putting your money into.
I wish you all the best.

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I am an entrepreneurship blogger with five years of experience in the blogging business, business-minded, online entrepreneur. My sole aim in creating this blog is to share small business ideas with thriving and budding entrepreneurs. My work has been featured on some notable Nigerian blogs such as, Enibest, and Entorm. Blog  url: Facebook url: Twitter handle: @Kingsleyumeh001 Instagram@Kingsleyumeh1


  1. LisaO

    February 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Kingsley thank you for coming up with this list, however, this list can be more innovative. The world is going nuclear with kids starting innovative businesses at 13. Producing something, recycling stuff etc.
    Businesses should not run solely for the University period but can be sustainable after University.

    Also as a researcher and a student, please introduce yourself with ‘I’m’ not ‘am’.

    • Kingsley

      February 8, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      … When you said “be more innovative” i hoped you’d give even the slightest clue Lisa

  2. Anthony Beulah champion

    February 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Dear thanks alot for this eyeopening idea.
    More grace

  3. Anon

    February 9, 2017 at 12:22 am

    “Women, in particular, spend a lot of money to ensure they look good and attractive to men… ” No, not true. that’s not why women want to look good. It’s a factor, but not really. Even at an all girls school we still wanted to look good, for our self-confidence and even at most to show that we were stylish and trendy to other girls. Not everything is about men. But these are good suggestions. Well done

  4. esteem

    February 9, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Don’t do it and forget your primary motive of being in skool, if not you will fail to the extreme. When some one send you, you have to send urself o abeg use your head.

    • Kingsley Umeh

      February 9, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Good point you have there a student must learn how to balance business and personal life.Everything is about planning.

  5. martin kruusmaa

    February 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Excellent article.
    However I would point out one thing: finding a working business idea is tricky,
    You need to do a long process from finding your first idea to validate to make it sure, does it also work and is profitable.
    I have written one detailed post; I believe it engages well with this article here, so I share link, where you can see how I suggest starting business ( from finding problems- to turn those into real working business)

  6. Steve

    August 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Tutoring services are the best but the problem with it is that it is time-consuming. Thanks for the list. I would try other options listed here

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